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Western Strategic Support for NSERC Success

Jointly funded by the Office of the Vice-President (Research) and the researcher's Faculty, Western's Strategic Support for NSERC Success program offers two funding opportunities identfied as Seed and Bridge grants. These grants are targeted at researchers who are not currently holding external NSERC funding or are preparing to submit to  a higher NSERC grant value. The intent of these grants is to offer critical, one-time funding to support an individual investigator’s research activities for the subsequent development of strong, competitive submissions to external, peer-reviewed research sponsors.

The merit of each proposal will be assessed on innovation, impact, deliverables (both long- and short-term), proposed methodology, HQP training plan and proposed budget. Successful applicants are expected to develop and submit competitive research proposals to a NSERC competition within two years of the award’s start date.

Frequently Asked Questions about Strategic Support initiatives - scroll down for application form and instructions


Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB)

Seed Research Grant

Bridge Research Grant


Dean's Deadline
RDS Deadline
Results Available By
To be announced


Application Instructions

Application Form (for both grants)

ROLA Proposal - ROLA Help Desk at or ext. 83136

Indirect costs are not supported by this program.


Internal program applications are processed through Research Development & Services and must be accompanied by a completed ROLA Proposal. All submissions will be adjudicated by appointed members of Western's Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB).


Final Report - ONLINE form due within 6 months of the grant end date.

Western Contact(s)

Florence Lourdes, Internal Grants Coordinator
Tel: 519-661-2111 x84500